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POLICE: Man arrested for stealing prescription drugs from apartments on fire

 Eric Sowl / KTUU
Eric Sowl / KTUU (KTUU)
Published: May. 17, 2016 at 5:57 AM AKDT
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1:30 p.m. UPDATE:

A 21-year-old man was caught stealing prescription medication from apartments in the burning complex and was arrested Tuesday morning, Anchorage police spokeswoman Renee Oistad wrote in an email to Channel 2 News.

Manee Mulifai was arrested after police say he was stealing drugs as fire fighters were still fighting the fire.

"Mulifai does not live in the area and it is unknown what he was doing there," Oistad wrote. "Mulifai displayed behavior consistent with an individual who is under the influence of narcotics."

Police say Mulifai was charged with second degree burglary, third degree theft and fourth degree misconduct involving controlled substances. His bail was set at $5,000.

10 a.m. UPDATE:

Anchorage fire crews responded to a two-alarm fire at a Midtown apartment complex Tuesday morning.

The initial report of the fire at Tudor Park Apartments was made at about 5:23 a.m., though a slew of calls were received, according the Deputy Chief Jodie Hettrick.

A blaze had started at a large apartment building at 4611 Juneau St. in Midtown, where twenty units responded and second alarm was called shortly after.

Six people in a third floor apartment were trapped on their balcony, but fire crews were able to get them out safely, according to Anchorage Fire Station 4 Captain Mike Guest. Everyone else in the building self-evacuated, and no residents or fire crew members were injured.

"Somebody had thrown a ladder up and a lot of them were trying to climb down on that," Guest said. "It was pretty hot, pretty intense when we first pulled up. It was a good stop."

The fire was reported under control about about 6:30 a.m., though at least six units were affected and smoke damage reaches back to fire doors on the interior, according to Guest.

"I was asleep, and sleeping through the alarms," said Drew Larsen, a resident at the complex. "We couldn't get out at first because of smoke, but we came out and saw the whole left side of the building engulfed in flames. It was pretty crazy, seeing people getting rescued off the balconies."

Larsen said residents recently went through a fire alarm test just a few weeks ago, and that smoke alarms were working Tuesday morning. Red Cross is helping those who are displaced, though there is no word yet on how many people will require assistance.

The cause of the fire, though likely originating just outside of an exterior entry to the building, is unknown and pending investigation.

UPDATE, 6:13 a.m. ADT:

AFD has completed the rescues and is doing search and overhaul to make sure there are no other victims the department is unaware of.

The fire has not yet been knocked down.

ORIGINAL STORY:

The Anchorage Fire Department is responding to a blaze on the 4600 block of Juneau St. just south of Tudor Road.

About 20 units are on scene, according to AFD Deputy Chief Jodie Hettrick.

Due to the size of the structure, a multi-family unit, the fire was initially reported as two-alarm when first called in at 5:23 a.m. ADT.

People are reportedly trapped on a balcony, and rescuers are working on getting them safely to the ground.

This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.

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